interview D.P.G. - Dillinger & Young Gotti II | Review By: Shaun

Release Date : November 1st 2005
Label : DPG Records
Rating: 3.5/5


“Daz, Kurupt, Kurupt and Daz. Daz, Kurupt, Kurupt and Daz.”

That’s right, D.P.G. are back with their long awaited reunion album, “Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez…” The return of Kurupt – following his banishment from the gang after doing another bid on Tha Row – has the two picking up right where they left off, smoking, drinking, partying and living that gangsta life.

Together, the two are better than either are alone as evidenced by the average solo music they have released since the break up. While they have each created some really good music while apart, when you listen to them, you can’t help but think there’s just something missing.

Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. “D.P.G. II” is a declaration of sorts, a declaration of solidarity. Surely, it’s just a hint of even better things to come. It looks like they’ve put all the negativity behind them and they’re ready to get back to doing what they do best, making some classic West Coast hip-hop for everybody to ride to.

The beats and overall feeling of this album are laid back for the most part. (“I wasn’t even thinkin’ ‘bout crime. I wasn’t even thinkin’ ‘bout my 9. All I wanna do is D.P.G., and keep it like that, hittin’ donutz in tha streetz.”) You won’t find much of the ferocity that was in some their earlier songs like “What Would U Do?” (Murder Was the Case) or “R.A.W. (R.A.W.), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Daz and Kurupt’s rhymes are steady throughout, but there’s not much from either that will blow you away, though. There certainly isn’t anything to level of “New York, New York (Dogg Food),” or anything with the depth and meaning of songs like “There’s Someway Out” (Dillinger & Young Gotti). There are, however, a couple notable exceptions, such as this verse by Kurupt from “Push Bacc:”

“Give me a – piece of mind, a nickel, a nine
Somethin’ to chip a n---- from ankle to spine
We mobbin’ n-----, if they try to bring up the past, unless they talkin’ ‘bout ’95 Kurupt and Daz
Unless they talk about ’92, ‘3 or ‘4, we shatterin’ muthaf----- like car windows
Did you know we was back? Back in the ‘llac, tossin’ sacks back and forth like a quarterback, jack
B------ eat d---- like pickles
If I’m a go out, I’m goin’ out like Brian Nichols
I’m sick of the games, n---- I’m sick and deranged
Poppin’ that bulls--- will get you hit with them thangs
I’m sick with them thangs, I ain’t got no patience left
Without a pistol, light n----- like crystal meth
You thought n----- was a joke ‘cause of the liquor and smoke?
Quicker to knock n----- sicker than leukemia, loc”

Guest appearances are kept to a minimum as only Men-Nefer and D-Sharp are featured on the album, but this is more about Kurupt and Daz doing their thing than showcasing a bunch of other artists.

While there might not be any truly classic hits on this album, there’s plenty of good stuff here to tide everybody over. There’s a lot more to look forward to for the whole D.P.G.C.


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